Kailasanathar Temple, Rasipuram, Namakkal
Kailasanathar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Rasipuram in Namakkal District of Tamilnadu. Presiding deity is called as Kailasanathar & Mother is known by the name Dharma Samvardhini. Like in a typical Shiva temple, there are shrines for lord Muruga, Vinayaka and Dhakshinamoorthy too. This Temple is said to have been constructed by King Valvil Ori in the 1st or 2nd century.
It is believed that the temple possesses a secret path to the Arapaleeswarar (Lord Shiva temple) at top of Kolli hills, which is famous for medicinal herbal plants and natural honey. The County (Nagaratchi) of Rasipuram earlier was under the jurisdiction range of Salem District (Managaratchi), and later was managed by the Namakkal District range. It is famous for weaving Silk Sarees Rasipuram Silks.
The silk Sarees and dhotis woven in this town were traded and also exported to neighboring countries. A unique statue of VAL VIL Ori, one of the 7 Philanthropists (Kadai Yelu Vallalgal) is available here. Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy facing west. There is an arrow scar on the Linga.
Val Vil Ori was ruling this region having Kolli Hills as his headquarters. He was noted for his loving and charitable characters. A skilled warrior, he was a staunch Shiva devotee. While on hunting a day, he could not spot a single animal. Tired king spotted a white swine and shot an arrow. The animal ran and the king chased it. The swine hid in a bush. When the king removed the bush he found a Shivalinga. He also found the linga bleeding on the forehead hit by his arrow. He fell at the feet of the Lord. Lord Shiva granted darshan and said that he only came in the guise of the animal. Ori built the temple then here.
Lord Kailasanathar in the sanctum sanctorum is a Swayambulinga with a scar of an arrow punch. Generally four pujas are performed to Lord on Shivarathri day (February-March) in Shiva temples. Here six pujas (Aaru Kala Puja) is observed. Mother Ambica, Aram Valartha Nayaki from her shrine facing west graces the devotees. Maha Meru (vertical form of Sri Chakra) is before Ambica.
Women seeking child boon pray to Ambica in midday of Pradosha of full moon fortnight with special pujas. They offer coconut, fruits, raw rice and cooked rice without salt as nivedhana. They believe this puja would bless them with a child. The temple is facing west. Gooseberry is the tree of the temple. Lord Vinayaka under the Tower is facing Nandhi. Worships in the temple should start with prayers to this Vinayaka.
Mother Shiva Durga graces from the goshta. Conch abishek is offered to Mother Shiva Durga on the last Friday of Aadi month-July-August. While beginning the circumambulating on the Prakara, the first shrine is of Lord Kasi Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi and the last is that of Lord Ramanathaswamy with Mother Parvadhavardhini. The temple is so formed with the Kasi-Rameswaram tradition.
Sivaganga Theertham is in the prakara. It is said that it exists of its own. There is a shrine for Veerabadra with Nandhi before him. Lord Vikata Chakra Vinayaka idol with a Rudraksha chain in hand is made of a single stone. Students pray here for excellence in studies. The statue of Val Vil Ori one of the seven chieftains praised for charitable traits is under the Vanni tree in the prakara.
He is in a worshipping form with a sword in the hip. Special abishek is offered to him on Aadi Perukku day (July-August) with nivedhanas. It is an honour to remember the chieftain who built this temple. The temple has a procession deity for Lord Dakshinamurthy with four disciples. On the first Thursday of each month, he comes to the shrine of Main Dakshinamurthy.
Yellow threads placed in the puja are offered as Prasad to devotees. There are separate shrines for Lord Kala Bhairava and Sani Bhagwan. Ekadasa Rudra Parayanam is observed to Lord Bhairava on the first day of Karthikai-November-December. Guru puja is observed for all 63 Nayanmars. There is also shrine for Nagar the Serpent deity to whom milk abishek is performed with sweet pudding-Sarkarai Pongal by those facing adverse aspects of serpent planets delaying their marriages.
There are also shrines for Panchalingas, Gajalakshmi, Saraswathi, Ayyappan, Nayanmar and Santhanacharyas. Lord Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Sakata Vinayaka. The Rajagopuram is of a five tier structure. Lord Muruga graces in the temple in two shrines separately as Baladhandayuthapani and as Kalyana Subramania with consorts Valli and Deivanai near Ambica shrine. Devotees can pray to Muruga in two forms. He is praised by Saint Arunagiriar. Special pujas are performed for Saint on Masi Magam day.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Chithirai Brahmotsavam in April-May; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Thai Poosam in January-February; Masi Magam in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of the temple in his Thirupugazh hymns.
Devotees pray to Lord for artistic skills and to Mother for relief from evil effects on children. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering vastras.
Shri Kailasanathar Temple,
Rasipuram-637 408, Namakkal District
Phone: +91 - 4287 - 223 252
Mobile: +91- 94435 15036, +91-99943 79727
Rasipuram is 30 kms from Namakkal and 27 from Salem. The temple is at a walking distance from the old bus stand.
Rasipuram is well connected to rest of Tamilnadu. SH79 - Athur - Mallikkarai - Rasipuram - Tiruchengode - Erode Road and SH95 - Mohanur - Namakkal - Sendamangalam - Rasipuram Road are the two state highways in the town.
Nearest Major Railway Station is located at Salem. Rasipuram is located on the highway NH7 which connects Salem and Namakkal. The town is located on the new broad gauge line which connects Salem and Karur. Salem-Karur railway line was opened for rail traffic in May 2013. The Rasipuram Railway Station (RASP) is well connected to major cities in South India. There are daily express trains from Chennai-Central, Bangalore, Salem, Madurai, Palani and Tirunelveli.
Nearest Major Airport is located at Trichy and Coimbatore. The nearest airport is Salem Airport which is 37 km north of the town.